Big League Politics spoke exclusively with young conservative rockstar CJ Pearson and his liberal counterpart David Hogg about their upcoming discussion on the Second Amendment and guns in America.
“[Hogg] was doing an “Ask Me Anything” on Twitter so I asked why he refused to debate people with opposing views,” Pearson told BLP.
Here is the exchange:
Why do you refuse to debate people who hold opposing views to the ones you hold?
— CJ Pearson (@thecjpearson) July 3, 2018
In response, Hogg told Pearson that he prefers civil discussions to debates, and Pearson invited him to have such a discussion:
I understand your stance on that. Let’s have a discussion sometime soon, David. I think our generation would benefit from two high-profile voices, on both sides of the fence, talking this out. We both want to keep schools safe. Let me know if you’re down. Many would listen.
— CJ Pearson (@thecjpearson) July 3, 2018
“We should talk when March for our lives comes through GA dm me,” Hogg responded.
Pearson told BLP that Hogg has already messaged him on Twitter, and that the pair is working on setting a date for the end of the month in Augusta, GA. There are several topics that Pearson hopes to discuss.
One of those topics is mental health.
“Separating emotion from the issue, should be really be blaming guns, or should we be discussing mental health?” Pearson said. “I want to ask ‘How can you find it within yourself to blame five million law abiding members of the NRA?'”
The pair seems to share a mutual respect.
“I commend him for doing something after the shooting, but is this really the solution?” Pearson said. “Maybe we can find common ground. I hope we can find common ground.”
Hogg spoke with Big League Politics via text message.
When asked if he, too, was hoping to find some common ground with Pearson, he answered affirmatively.
“Yes of course,” Hogg said. “I think we can all agree we want to save lives.”
White Pill: Montana House Moves Constitutional Carry Bill Forward
Constitutional Carry is one ray of hope for the Right.
On January 20, 2021, the Montana House of Representatives passed Constitutional Carry legislation, HB102.
Weingarten provided some context to the significance of this bill’s progress:
The bill is the accumulation of a decade and a half of struggle against Democrat Governors, who have repeatedly vetoed reform legislation passed with large majorities in the legislature. Numerous sections in the bill show the Montana legislature has learned the lesson from other states as they restore the right to keep and bear arms.
Montana’s Senate is made up of 31 Republicans and 19 Democrats and Governor Greg Gianforte is a Republican, so the passage of this bill augurs well. If passed, HB102 would make Montana the 17th Constitutional Carry state.
Montana is already a very gun-friendly state, and represents a low-hanging fruit for Second Amendment activists to tap into.
Constitutional Carry has been one of the most successful movements on the Right over the past twenty years. It’s easy to complain about the corrupt status quo, but there are still plenty of ways right-wingers can score victories. Constitutional Carry is one of them.
It would behoove the Right to analyze existing trends and build off movements that are already producing results. There’s no need to embark on quixotic campaigns that end up being total fools’ errands. Find what’s already working and run with it.
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